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Top 10 Fastest Bowlers & Deliveries in Cricket History

Top 10 Fastest Bowlers & Deliveries in Cricket History
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Hey Cricket fans, can you name the fastest bowler of cricket history? If not, see the below list that we have compiled for your information. A fast bowler in Cricket is considered as an important player. He for sure, can change the game in favor of his team. He can take out the team out of crises with his fast deliveries. However there are Spinners who spun the ball and take wickets with their magical googly, a fast bowler in the team is always a nightmare for opponents, especially if he is Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee. These two for sure are the fastest bowlers in the shortest history of cricket.

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Cricket is the most interesting and thrilling game where each and every ball can be unexpected. A 160 km/h bowl blows the wickets away; can be deadly for the batsmen too. Here we have compiled a list of fastest bowlers in the history with their average and fastest bowl deliveries. These cricketers have terrorized the opponent team. Check it if your favorite bowlers are in the top ten or five and if any of your country player is in the list.

Top 10 Fastest Bowlers and Deliveries Table

S. No Bowler Avg. Speed Top Speed Against
1 Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) ~151 km/h 161.3 km/h England
2 Shaun Tait (Australia) ~150 km/h 161.1 km/h New Zealand
3 Brett Lee (Australia) ~150 km/h 160.0 km/h New Zealand
4 Jeffrey Thompson (Australia) ~148 km/h 160.6 km/h WACA Study
5 Mitchell Starc (Australia) ~14 km/h 160.4km/h New Zealand
6 Andy Roberts (West Indies) ~140 km/h 159.5 km/h Australia
7 Fidel Edwards (West Indies) ~140 km/h 157.7 km/h South Africa
8 Mitchell Johnson (Australia) ~142 km/h 156.8 km/h England
9 Muhammad Sami (Pakistan) ~140km/h 156.4 km/h Zimbabwe
10 Shane Bond (New Zealand) ~140km/h 156.4 km/h India

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1. Shoaib Akhtar (161.3 km/h)

Born and rise in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and well known as the “Pindi Express”, Shoaib Akhtar was an Ultra fast bowler and the first one to reach the 100 miles per hour. Shoaib Akhtar is not only the Pakistan fastest bowler but he holds the record of the fastest bowl delivery and that was 161.3 km/h. He delivered his career fastest bowl against the England in 2003 in Newland Cricket stadium. He has an average bowling speed of 151 plus which make him the nightmare for the top batsmen including the Sachin Tendulkar. Shoaib Akhtar is the Official Fastest Bowler Record holder of Guinness World Records

Shoaib Akhtar

Statistics

  • Country Pakistan
  • Average Bowling Speed ~151 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 161.3 km/h
  • When World Cup 2003
  • Where Newlands
  • Against Knick Knight (England)

2. Shaun Tait  (161.1 km/h)

In 2010, the Lord’s stadium and the viewers there witnessed the 2nd fastest ball being delivered by Australian bowler Shaun Tait. The speed of the ball just touches the mesmerizing figure of 100 miles per hours. This happens in a match against England where Shaun bowls with the speed of 161.1 km/h (100. mph). The 2nd fastest delivery by the bowler was against Pakistan with record of 160.7 km/h speed. Shaun Tait remains the successful bowler for his country, meanwhile broke the record of his own colleague, an Australian cricketer Brett Lee.

Shaun Tait

Statistics

  • Country Australia
  • Average Bowling Speed ~150 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 161.1 km/h
  • When 2005
  • Where Napier
  • Against New Zealand

3. Brett Lee (161.0 km/h)

In our list of top 10 fastest bowlers, Brett Lee is on the 3rd spot by delivering his career fastest delivery with the speed of 161.1 km/h. Brett Lee is one of the most successful bowler and most wicket taker of Australian team, whose average bowling speed is around 150. And this was happened in Napier in 2005 where he bowled against the New Zealand. Brett Lee is the second bowler after Shoaib Akhtar who recognized by ICC to bowl at the speed of 100 miles per hours.

Brett Lee

Statistics

  • Country Australia
  • Average Bowling Speed ~150 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 161.0 km/h
  • When 2005
  • Where Napier
  • Against New Zealand

4. Jeffrey Thompson (160.6 km/h)

On number 4th of our list, the bowler is from Australia who has played cricket in 70s and 80s. It was the time when there was lacking of such accurate and reliable equipment exists today. A study was conducted in WACA ground to calculate the speed of the top bowlers of that time. Jeff Thompson was the part of that. He bowled at the speed of 160.6 km/h there. He was considered the fastest bowler of his time while some batsmen still believe that he was faster than Shaun Tait and Shoaib Akhtar.

Jeffrey Thompson

Statistics

  • Country Australia
  • Average Bowling Speed ~148 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 160.6 km/h
  • When 1976
  • Where WACA Ground

 

5. Mitchell Starc 160.4km/h

Here comes another Australian player and fast bowler Mitchell Starc. Starc average bowling speed is 144 plus and the fastest ball being delivered by him was 100 mph or 160.4 km/h. And this happened at WACA ground in a test match against New Zealand in 2015.

Mitchell Starc

Statistics

  • Country Australia
  • Average Bowling Speed ~144 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 160.4 km/h
  • When 1976
  • Where WACA Ground
  • Against New Zealand

6. Andy Roberts (159.5 km/h)

On number 6th, here is the first bowler in the list from West Indies.  He was the most successful bowler in his team as well and has taken 7 wickets in an innings two times. Andy Roberts Fastest bowl was at the speed of 99.11 mph or 159.5 km/h. He although didn’t touch the 100 figure in his career.

Andy Roberts

Statistics

  • Country West Indies
  • Average Bowling Speed ~140 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 159.5 km/h
  • When 1975
  • Where WACA Ground
  • Against Australia

7. Fidel Edwards (157.7 km/h)

From the current squad of West Indies, here comes the bowler on the 7th spot in our list of top 10 fastest bowlers in cricket history. He delivered the fastest bowl of his career against South Africa in 2003 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium. The speed of that bowl was 157.7 km/h. However his average bowling speed is not consistent and is somewhat between 140 to 144 km/h

Fidel Edwards

Statistics

  • Country West Indies
  • Average Bowling Speed ~140 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 157.7 km/h
  • When 2003
  • Where Wanderers Cricket Stadium
  • Against South Africa

8. Mitchell Johnson (156.8 km/h)

Another Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson who bowled at the speed of 156.8 against England. This happened in Melbourne in 2013in the 4th Ashes Series test match. He is the current serving fast bowler of Australian team and has an average bowling speed around 142km/h.

Mitchell Johnson

Statistics

  • Country Australia
  • Average Bowling Speed ~142 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 156.8 km/h
  • When 2013
  • Where Melbourne
  • Against England (Ashes Series)

 

9. Muhammad Sami (156.4 km/h)

Muhammad Sami is a right-armed fast bowler from Pakistan. This talented pace bowler has delivered his career fastest delivery at the speed of 156.4 km/h against Zimbabwe in 2003 in Sharjah. He is a consistent bowler with average speed around 140 km/h.

Mohammad Sami

Statistics

  • Country Pakistan
  • Average Bowling Speed ~140 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 156.4 km/h
  • When 2003
  • Where Sharjah Cricket Stadium
  • Against Zimbabwe

10. Shane Bond (156.4 km/h)

Here comes the first fast bowler from New Zealand, Shane Bond. He was a nightmare for the batsmen and has blow out their wickets with his striking deliveries. His fastest bowl was against India in 2003 World Cup in Centurion. The speed recorded was 156.4 km/h.

Shane Bond

Statistics

  • Country New Zealand
  • Average Bowling Speed ~140 km/h
  • Fastest Delivery 156.4 km/h
  • When 2003
  • Where Centurion Cricket Stadium (South Africa)
  • Against India

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